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Tag: birth

6 Things You Should Know About Giving Birth

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Be prepared, y'all. I'm about to use the word "vaginal."  When I first got pregnant with my daughter, I was in shock. I was trying...

Please Stop Telling Me To Enjoy My Pregnancy

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I know you mean well. I know you're just trying to convey the joy you think you experienced when you were pregnant decades (or maybe even a...

Adventures in Labor

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A woman remembers special events very vividly in her life: her first kiss, her wedding day, and the first time she gives birth. During...

My Road to Motherhood Was Long, But So Worth It

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“Should you start putting a towel or something underneath the sheets in case your water breaks while in bed?” my husband nervously asked. (Insert big...

How I Prepared for Natural Childbirth

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Natural childbirth has nothing to do with your pain tolerance, and everything to do with your mental stamina. I should know. I'm incredibly stubborn (thanks,...

My C-Section Story (And Why You Shouldn’t Mourn for Me)

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C-Section. Say that word in a group of moms and you’ll immediately see some very strong responses. Some are stricken, others are disgusted, while some...

I Didn’t Get to Hold My Babies When They Were Born

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I remember preparing for motherhood like it was yesterday, or more specifically, planning our hospital stays with each of our three children. As a...

Why I Said “Yes” and then “NO!” to Labor & Delivery...

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After having my first baby, my hospital room was like an ongoing party in full swing, with a stream of visitors for our entire...

Natural Childbirth, How Hard Could it Be?

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ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: MOTHERHOOD I waited the better part of 39 years to become a mom, and there were many years when I didn't think it...

Confessions of a “Bonus Baby” Mama

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At the insistence of my husband, I agreed to take a pregnancy test (but not until after inhaling my second muchaco of the night)....

A Letter of Thanks to Labor and Delivery Nurses

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Dear Labor & Delivery Nurses: Your work is so very important and special. Unfortunately it is often underappreciated. Doctors often get the credit for the...

My Husband Saved My Life

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On July 15, 2017, we welcomed our sweet daughter into the world. Lily Claire was absolutely perfect. Big brother Wesley doted on her and...